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adrenalin junkies gathered on greek islands in for the go fast games, the 200 meter high limestone cliffs above the beach provide a perfect and pictures esque location. high winds effect the competition, jumpers leapt more than 300 times. 300 times. >> friends and family mourn two journalists killed live on television. we're finding just what the gunman claims sparked his anger. >> i didn't have sex with her. >> a 19-year-old takes the stand in his own defense in the new hampshire prep school rape case. why he says he lied when he brogged to his friends. >> it's a political ad campaign causing outrage in detroit, the flyers many call racist.
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>> this is aljazeera america. good morning, live from new york city, i'm randall pinkston. friends and family are remembering two killed live on television and we're learning what drove the alleged gunman to violence. the two were reporting live when a former colleague opened fire. flanagan later shot himself after posting images of the attack on social media. al jazeera's choosing not to show those images. flanagans twitter and facebook pages were filled to outrage aimed at his former employer. police say the gunman left behind a manifesto.
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>> in this bizarre manifesto that arrived by fax two hours after the shooting here at the bridgewater plaza, lee flanagan talks about himself as being a human powder keg, full of anger about things like the charlotte shootings in july in south carolina, after which he bought his weapons, he says, two days after that incident. he said he's also inspired by the columbine shooter back in $19.99 in which 12 people died, including one teacher. virginia tech shooting in 2007, in which 32 people died, and flanagan goes on to talk about him having been bullied all his life and victim of racial and sexual discrimination. jeff marks, his boss at the
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station in 2013 said when they let him go, they did so after a series of angry outbursts involving various members of staff, directed at various members of staff and that sacking he said was the most difficult he's ever had to go through and it involved calling the police in order to get him out of the newsroom. >> that the family and friends of both victims have been speaking out. what are they saying? >> you have to remember that this television station i guess the most popular nation in the area. it's been that way for years. it's the one that people turn two. it's a family station in a very rural family inquire just outside roanoke in southern virginia. allison parker, the young journalists killed with her cameraman yesterday, first of all, adam ward was dating the producer in the control room, and she was leaving the show
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yesterday, planning to move on to another job, so they were about to have a celebration. not at all of course what turned out to be yesterday, but allison parker was dating one of the anchors here and he was speaking about his love for her. >> i will be speaking about our love together which burns white hot for annual a matter of time but was the kind of love i was so privileged and lucky to have, i want to share that with everyone to tell everyone even if it gets taken from you, it exists. >> he said that his love for her was so great that in future weeks and months, he was thinking of asking her to marry him. >> thank you. >> dow futures are pointing up again this morning after asian markets rallied overnight, led by china's biggest one day gain in eight weeks. the shanghai composite jumped more than 5%.
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china's losses and fears of an economic slowdown there triggered a selloff this week. wall street hopes to build on a huge rebound. the dow closes more than 600 points higher, but the volatility has some thinking now might not be the best time to raise interest rates. >> from my perspective at this moment, the decision to begin the normalization process seems less compelling than a few weeks ago. >> he hopes rates will be raised later this year. >> closing arguments are expected in the trial of a new hampshire prep school graduate accused of sexual assault. he took the stand in his own defense. prosecutors say he raped a 15-year-old classmate as part of a so-called senior salute. >> during the presentation of the prosecution's case, we heard from the police that he never
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admitted to having intercourse with the young woman in may of last year, but we also heard from his friends, that he told them the pair did have sex. >> she seemed to be reciprocating toward you? >> yes. >> did she recoil in any way? >> no. >> he told his defense attorney, jay carney, he liked his accuser and she liked him. >> did you make it a point to say hi, or like a wink or like a nod or something silly, it was always nice. >> how would you describe her personality? >> i thought she was great.
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she was a really nice girl, really easy to talk to, which is--makes it a lot of fun. >> on cross examination, the prosecution grilled him about the type of fun he wanted to have with his accuser. >> and you wanted to have sex with her, correct? >> i -- i don't know what you mean. >> you don't know what i mean when i say you wanted to have sex with her? >> when? >> >> you were interested, you wanted to slay her, correct? >> yeah, i was fond of her. >> his accuser left the courtroom in tears yesterday. she has maintained that he veiled her after she told him no twice, and responding to testimony from friends that he bragged to them about having sex with the young woman, he said he lied to his friends. he says all his friends did know wases that he and his accuser
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shared affection. >> like all of my friends knew, all of her friends sort of new, as well, you know. >> his d.n.a. was found on one of the girl said undergarments, but he insists he's innocent. >> he insisted that he deleted several relevant facebook posts, including one in which he proclaimed he used "every trick in the book" to get his accuser to have sex with him. >> thank you. >> james holmes, today's beginning his more than 3,000 year sentence for the killing of 12 people at a colorado movie theater. >> we don't have all the answers like the judge said, but we do know one thing, he's going to die in prison and for us, that's good enough. >> more than 70 people were injured in the shooting rampage, adding many years to his 12 consecutive life sentences.
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during the sentencing, the judge told homes, he had a hatred for mankind. homes' attorneys say that the 27-year-old will not appeal. >> washington state governor is scheduled to take an aerial tour today of a huge wildfire burning in the central part of the state. the fire has grown to more than 3500 square miles. so far, it has destroyed at least 40 homes. more than 1300 firefighters are battling the braise, including more than a dozen experts from australia. fire crews say they are being slowed by thick smoke. it surrounded helicopters and planes and stopped crews from covering more ground. parts of washington state, oregon, idaho and montana are all under air quality alerts because of the smoke. >> saudi arabia says it has arrested one of the fib's most wanted men that he was reportedly captured in beirut two weeks ago, but described as
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the mastermind of the 1996 bombing at the tours that housed american air force personnel stationed in saudi arabia. the attack killed 19 americans and injured 500. he also led the sawed hezbollah. >> racist flyers are being put up in detroit, one calls for people to vote out black city leaders and vote for whites instead. >> the headline is bold, let's get the blacks out of southfield in november, but the message, let's take back our city printed at the bottom. on one, the images of two white deputy police chiefs and three other white men running in the upcoming election. the flyers began surfacing in this metro detroit suburb over
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the weekend. on another flier is a photo of trayvon martin with the caption zimmerman was right, we will stop thugs like this. mar thin was 17 years old when shot by neighborhood watch volunteer george zimmerman in florida in 2012. southfield is predominantly black and some residents are outraged. >> i was born in the 1950s, came up through the civil rights stuff and all that, and when i see stuff like, it's kind of sickening. >> i'm appalled that it -- but more so, because clearly, this is race baiting. >> company founding the city's task force, a grassroots organization that communicates the importance of celebrating the national holiday. he's also a candidate for south field mayor. his photo and name appear on the flier. he feels that he's targeted. >> what is your response to people who ask you if you're
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behind? >> my response is of course, to tell him that i'm not and that i believe this is someone that's either trying to incite a racial tension in our city, which we lack, and or it's a dirty campaign trick. >> no matter what the motivation is, this is absolutely despicable and we will not tolerate it in our community. >> pat hanie is president of the mlk junior task force and questions the motive behind the flyers. >> it may very well be that this was not done by a racist individual or organization, but in fact done in order to incite people of color to come out to the polls and vote directly opposite of what the flier purports. >> many who live here suspect the person behind the flyers
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isn't a southfield resident and as police investigate, the community works to move beyond the hate. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, south field, michigan. >> a new report blames the e.p.a. for a toxic spill in colorado. why not may not have been done to prevent the spill in the first place. >> the grim search for the victims of human smuggling, the investigation into mass graves near the the accident-mexico border.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. coming up on 7:46 eastern time, taking a look now at today's top stories, a group of 200 retired generals and admirals urging congress to reject the iran nuclear deal, saying it threatens national security. their message is in response to another letter sent last week by dozens of retired senior military officers who say they support the deal. >> flight attendants working for tahar airways no longer have to worry about being fired for a major life event. they were fired if they married or became pregnant on the first five years on the job. that policy has been phased out. >> a federal appeals court --
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>> tropical storm erika is hitting crib even islands in st. martin today and could hit florida as a hurricane by early next week. is it moving fast or slow? >> it's a little bigger than dani was last week. the sheer is not as bad, either. let's look at what's happening with the storm. this is a sunrise picture, visual satellite as the storm makes its way over the islands right now. we are seeing wind, rain associated with this. as we look at thei r. image, right over guadalupe at the moment, making its way over the neither-northwest over the next day or so. this is what we expect here with
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the national hurricane center. this is the 5:00 a.m. forecast track. you can see towards saturday, just to the north of his pan joel i can't as we go towards wednesday morning over the bahamas, tuesday off the coast of florida, possibly as a category one storm, i want to show you the track from yesterday compared to the tracking today. very little difference, slightly moving it up to the north. the big problem with the storm is if it stays in open water as we expect it to do as we go towards monday, it's going to potentially increase in intensity, possibly affecting georgia and carolina, so we're going to be watching this carefully. >> an internal investigation found regulators underestimated the dangerous levels of toxic water building inside a colorado band don gold mine. the cleanup caused a blowout that contaminated the animas river and two others in the
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three states. the report does not address the e.p.a.'s response which local officials criticize as too slow. the e.p.a. faces a potential lawsuit over fracking. the goop said the agency has failed to prevent earthquakes in the wake of the fracking boom. they plan to sue if the e.p.a. does not improve regulations for the disposal of waste water. those rules were last jump dated in 1988. >> brooks county the accident is known os the valley of death for undocumented migrants lost in the desert. mass graves hold dozens of unidentified human remains. now researchers are hoping to give answers to families. heidi zhou castro reports. >> a gender and a case number are all that mark the graves of unidentified migrants in the public cemetery in brooks county, texas. this is where some 300 bodies, collected from the surrounding
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brush land have been buried over the last six years. they were the victims of dehydration, animals and ruthless human smugglers who leave the weak behind. >> the brush guides are there for the money. if someone gets injured, whatever the case might be, they're already paid, that person's going to be left behind and they move on. that's the end result of us having to go recover the body. >> without resources to process the body and collect d.n.a. samples, the cash-strapped county acknowledges most of the remains ended up here. now, with the help of students from baylor university, those buried here are getting a second chance to be reunited with family. >> we love them. we think of them as people. we treat them with respect. reremember where they came from and we remember everyone is associated with a family somewhere that's grieving. >> 160 sets of human remains now line the walls of baylor's lab
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in the accident. getting d.n.a. samples of reach with the goal of giving each a name is a tremendous task. only three bodies have been identified. >> we tell ourselves it only takes one to make it worth our effort. >> the researchers are not giving up. heidi zhou castro, al jazeera, waco, texas. >> you can see the full report tonight at 8:00 eastern. >> president obama heads to new orleans today, marking 10 years after hurricane katrina. why harry shearer says the president is not telling the truth about what caused the destruction in new orleans.
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>> al jazeera america primetime. get the real news you've been looking for. at 7:00, a thorough wrap-up of the day's events. then at 8:00, john seigenthaler digs deeper into the stories of the day. and at 9:00, get a global perspective. weeknights, on al jazeera america. >> satirist and actor harry
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shearer is famous for being the voice on the simpsons. today he has an ad running, challenging president obama to take responsibility for what he calls the failure of the army corps of engineers, which he claims led to the katrina disaster. shearer spoke about it with john siegenthaler. >> the first time he was here at president was october of 2009 and he referred to this as a natural disaster, which is to elude any sense of the culpability of an agency of the federal government in the near destruction of this city. lawsuits have failed against the corps of engineers, because congress provided it with blanket immunity. the only thing we can have now is an acknowledgment by the head of that agency, the commander of that agency that they. >>ed up badly. >> he wasn't the president then. >> i'm not saying he was president then, but he was head of the agency and they've never taken full responsibility.
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if he comes down here again and calls it a natural disaster and avoids saying the words this city was nearly destroyed by the army corps of engineers, i will be personally extremely disappointed. >> president obama meets today with residents of new orleans and speaks at a community center in the lower ninth ward. that area was devastated after the levees broke. >> focusing on caring for a second panda cub last week, his twin died yesterday. it was difficult news for the team caring for the animals. >> the entire panda house was filled with the best medical, the best animal care team in the world. we were so incredibly helpful because we knew the talent we had on site, and then when we realized the cub wasn't going to make it, it was devastating. >> veterinarians are heartbroken over death of one of two twin pandas born saturday to popular
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17-year-old panda majong. >> she at the point of her second cub born was showing us challenges with handling both animals. we had concerns one was injured or both injured, we decided to moving forward to swapping cubs back and forth with mom. when our team went in to perform the swap again, wee noticed the cub had not increased in weight, of the weaker and had possible respiratory issues. >> unfortunately, the cub passed away. the mother was artificially inseminated. >> little possible to the babies could have two separate fathers. we used not only the semen from the panda in china, but our own. >> she has two other children born in 2005 and another that
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just celebrated his second birthday. the mother is doing well and they're optimistic about the survival of the remaining twin. >> right now, we still have a very healthy mom and one very healthy baby, and as animal care, this is our job, to make sure that both mom and cub survive and continue to thrive. >> thanks for joining us. stephanie sy is back in two minutes with more aljazeera america morning news. you can keep it with the news throughout the day. join us on >> we're here to fully get into the nuances of everything that's going on, not just in this country, but around the world.
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>> prayer and remembrances today for two journalists murdered on live t.v. this morning, we're learning details about the man who killed them. >> china arrests nearly a dozen people in connection to explosions that killed nearly 140. some detained are government officials. >> you wanted to slay her,
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correct? >> yeah, i was fond of her. >> taking the stand in his own defense, a prep school student says he lied when he bragged to his friends. >> this is aljazeera america live from new york city, i'm stephanie sy. this morning, family and friends and the television station where they worked remember two virginia journalists killed on live television. >> i wanted to their with you what made these two special not just to us but to all the towns we served. please join us now in a moment of silence. >> reporter allison parker and cameraman adam ward were gunned down by a former colleague. police say the shooter later killed himself after opening fire during a live interview. he recorded the entire incident and posted it to social media.
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al jazeera is choosing not to show those images. this morning, we are learning more about what drove him to violence. john terrett joins us live from virginia. the gunman left behind a manifesto. tell us more. >> that's right, stephanie, good morning, flag began issuing a bizarre manifesto via fax to abc news and it rift after the shootings took place yesterday morning here at bridgewater plaza in south verge. now in this manifest toe, he talks about himself as being a human powder keg, full of anger over all sorts of issues, not least of all the racially motivated shootings in charleston, south carolina. in july, he said he bought his weapons two days after that event. he talks about being inspired by the columbine shooter in 1999, which children people died, including one teacher, being
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inspired, too, by the virginia tech shootings in which 32 people died. that is ironic, because adam ward, the young cameraman attended virginia tech before working for the station. flanagan talked about being bullied and discriminated against both racially and sexually. >> allison parker's family spoke out. what did they say? >> we're learning more about her from her family and loved ones, cruding chris hurst, talks about their love for each other being white hot and said even though she's gone, that love hasn't ended. her father, andy parker has also been talking about his daughter, allison today, saying what a remarkable person she was and how she loved everybody. >> she loved what she did.
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she loved the people that she worked with. she was happy with her place in life, so, you know, we can only take, you know, some solace in the fact that she had a wonderful life. she was extremely happy, and she loved this guy with all her heart, and that's the toughest thing for me that she -- everybody that she touched loved her, and she loved everybody back. >> olison parker's father andy and chris hurst, the anchor let it be known that he was thinking of asking her to mary him in the weeks ahead. vicky gardner is the third victim shot and injured yesterday. she was being interviewed by allison parker here at bridgewater plaza. she was representing the chamber of commerce. they were doing a reasonably happy early morning interview
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about a man made lake here celebrating its anniversary. just have an update, she's still in hospital. she was shot in the back. she is doing good and they will continue to give us updates on her progress. >> john, thank you. >> it could be another good day on wall street, dow futures trading up, following a rise in asia markets. shanghai market jumped 1% to the biggest gain in one week. wall street hopes the bulls are back after wednesday's huge rebound. the dow closed more than 600 points higher, but the volatility thinking next month might not be a good time for the fed to raise interest rates. >> from my perspective, the decision to begin the normalization process seems less compelling to me than a few weeks ago. >> new york fed president says he hopes rates will be raised
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later this year. >> a u.s. drone strike has reportedly killed one of the most prominent members of isil. u.s. and british authorities have not confirmed the death of the man known as jihadi john. often hacking government websites and posting videoing, he gained notoriety as the man who spoke with a british accent in the group's propaganda and beheading votes. >> police in china arrested a dozen people in connection to a massive explosion. 145 people died when a warehouse storing chemicals exploded. we have details from beijing. >> the official news agency said among those arrested are the chairman, a vice chairman and three deputy managers of the logistics company, where those twin explosions happened exactly two weeks ago. we don't know the identity of the rest. on wednesday, we learned that the man who had headed the countries safety regulator was
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sacked. he was a former deputy mayor, a position that he held for some 12 years. the investigation is on going. we now know that 139 people are confirmed dead, but 34 are still missing, most of the dead and the missing are firefighters. of course, the one question that people still want acknowledged is this, why was it that dangerous chemicals were stored in a warehouse less than 800 meters from where people were living, and how was it possible that this company managed to pass its annual safety check. this is what the investigation is now addressing. >> saudi arabia arrested one of the f.b.i.'s most wanted men. he was reportedly captured in beirut two weeks ago. he is described as the mastermind of the 1996 bombing at kobar towers in saudi arabia.
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the attack killed 19 americans and injured 500. he allegedly led the sawedi division of hezbollah. >> today marks 500 days since 276 nigeria girls were abduct from their school and they are still missing. relatives of more than 200 of them, trying to keep the pressure on the government to find the girls. we have more. >> in addition to thursday being five hearn days since the girls were abducted, it's also the culmination of seven days of activities by the relative of the girls and their supporters to try and draw the public's attention to the fact that the girls are still missing, and to try and mobilize the public to put pressure on the government to do more to find them. on thursday, relatives and their supporters will hold a peaceful demonstration in the capital. in the evening, there will be a candlelight vigil where prayers will be he said for the girls.
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the government are saying they are doing all they can to rescue them, that the military have intelligence gather in the area they believe the girls are held captive, there are many missions going on to try to locate the girls and that everything is being done. they do point out the fact that it's only in the last few weeks that the new president took over from president goodluck jonathan, buhari still trying to find out exactly the extent of the boko haram insurgency in general and the thoughts, devices that the kidnappers are using to keep these girls in captivity. they point out they don't think it's safe to give a running commentary on what operations are taking place to try to find the girls, but do emphasize that everything, absolutely everything is being done. the relatives are sad. they are trying to remain patient, but many of them are
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hopeful that -- with this renewed effort by the military that maybe their girls will be found and returned home. >> washington state governor is scheduled to take an aerial tour of the huge wildfire burning in the central part of the state. the fire has grown to more than 435 square miles. so far, it destroyed at least 40 homes. more than 1300 firefighters are battling the fire, cladding more than a dozen experts from australia. fire crews say they are slowed by thick smoke that grounded helicopters and flames and stopped crews from covering more ground. parts of washington state, oregon, idaho and montana are under air quality alerts because of that smoke. >> tropical storm erika could hit florida as a hurricane by early next week. meteorologist kevin corvo has the latest. >> the tropical storm has been
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very consistent for the first part of it. you can see this is the visible morning shot of the storm. a lot of clouds up here towards the north, but right now, the center of the storm is right over the island, so a lot of rain is going on in this area, as you look at infrared, we're bog to be watching the storm, really a fairly big storm compared to what we saw with dani last week. this is the forecast track from the national hurricane center from 5:00 a.m. this morning. they've updated it at 8:00 a.m., but really no changes there. you can see it's making its way towards the west northwest with that this is what we expect to see day by day. we expect to see it by sunday morning, monday mornings, it's going to be the bahamas. by tuesday, that's where we start to see a little uncertainty, so from yesterday until today, the forecast track has lifted a little bit more towards the north. now, this is not necessarily a
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good thing for this area. the reason being is the longer the storm stays in open water, especially that very warm water, the more chances that the storm is going to intensify from possibly category one to a category two storm. while florida may be out of the danger zone, georgia, the carolinas could be seeing the big problem here. we're going to be watching carefully, because there's a few mechanisms in play. one of them is a trough in the united states and that could actually lift to the north. we're going to have to watch really over the weekend what happens towards the beginning of the week. >> ok, thank you. >> on the agenda today, central banking leaders gathered for the federal reserve's annual retreat in jackson hole wyoming, the latest market volatility on the agenda, but federal chair janet yellen will not be there. >> u.s. soldiers will be honored for their work fighting ebola.
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troops from tennessee were deployed there last year. >> a rally expected in guatemala, 30,000 people will protest government corruption. >> a prep school student accused of rape defends himself. why he insists he never had sex with a 15-year-old freshman, even though he bragged about it to his friends. >> the growing controversy over college fraternity, should they exist at all.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:15 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories. up to 50 refugees have been found dead in a truck today. they found the truck close to the border with hungary. european and ball kin leaders are a few miles away.
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>> a tennessee judge says the state's lethal injection protocol is constitutional, the judge ruled against 33 inmates who argued the state's one drug method is cruel and unusually. tennessee has not executed anyone in five years due to legal challenges. >> closing arguments are set today in the sexual assault trial of a new hampshire graduate. he took the stand in his own defense, accused of raping a 15-year-old classmate as part of a so-called senior salute. we have more on what he had to say. >> during the prosecution's case, we heard that he never admitted to having sex to the police. we heard from his friends that he told them the pair did have
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sex. wednesday, he had much to answer for and most of those answers were short. >> when he took the witness stand wednesday, owen continued to say what he has maintained to investigators all along, that he did not have sex with his accuser and that whatever intimate contact they did share was mutual. >> she seemed to be reciprocating toward you? >> yes. >> did she recoil in any way? >> no. >> no. >> he told his defense attorney, jay carney, he liked his accuser and she liked him. >> did you make it a point to say hi, or like a wink or like a nod or something silly, it was always nice. >> how would you describe her personality? >> i thought she was great. she was a really nice girl, really easy to talk to, which is--makes it a lot of fun. >> on cross examination, the prosecution grilled him about
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the type of fun he wanted to have with his accuser. >> and you wanted to have sex with her, correct? >> i -- i don't know what you mean. >> you don't know what i mean when i say you wanted to have sex with her? >> when? >> your words, you were interested, you wanted to slay her, correct? >> yeah, i was fond of her. >> his accuser left the courtroom in tears wednesday. she has maintained that he violated her after she told him no twice, and responding to testimony from friends that he bragged to them about having sex with the young woman, he said he lied to his friends. he says all his friends did know wases that he and his accuser shared affection. >> like all of my friends knew, all of her friends sort of like knew, as well, you know.
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>> his d.n.a. was found on one of the girl's undergarments, but he insists he's innocent. >> he deleted several relevant facebook posts, including one in which he proclaimed he used "every trick in the book" to get his accuser to have sex with him. >> thank you. >> college fraternities are in the spotlight this week, one suspended for hanging these banners off its frat house, one reading freshman daughter drop off. it raise as debate about whether fraternities should exist at all. >> draped with bed sheet signs aimed at new students, the message was clear. this is the place to be if you want sex and a good time. the pictures hit the internet and the president of old dominion university in norfolk, virginia called it an outrage. the chapter suspended activities
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pending investigation. the video was released saying the signs were offensive. >> the actions taken by a few individuals this week certainly do not represent the position of the university or old dominion students. >> the swift reaction follows a string of negative headlines. earlier at penn state this year, a fraternity was suspended over members only facebook groups with photos of neighborhood, unconscious women. all this as a time when one in five women report being sexually assaulted while on college campuses. >> no man has a right, ever, to raise his hand to a woman, period. end of story. >> the numbers prompted a white house task force to study the issue, but the concern about fra tents is not just about sexual . everyone march, the university
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of oklahoma chapter was shut down after the video of a racist chant went viral on the internet. >> these people acted in a way that is reprehensible and disgraceful. they shouldn't even be allowed to call themselves singers. >> what's going on there? >> there's the long history of college hazing. some ending in death, like the case of college freshman carson starky during pledge week in california in 2008. he was pledging. >> he was given a fifth of rum to share with the boy next to him, there was also a battle or two of ever clear that was passed around. >> he later died of alcohol poisoning. pledge week has been eliminated at poly tech, but the whole college greek system is under fire, not just the fraternity. >> the university of alabama's
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sorority is criticized for a recent recruitment video. the members were seeing dressed in by kin niece and dancing with an elephant mascot. >> james holmes today is beginning his more than 3,000 year sentence for the killing of 12 people at an aurora, colorado movie theater. >> we don't have all the answers like the judge said, but we do know one thing, he's going to die in prison, and for us, that's good enough. >> more than 70 people were injured in the shooting rampage, adding many years to his 12 consecutive life sentences. during the sentencing, the judge told homes he had a hatred for mankind. homes' attorney say the 27-year-old will not appeal. >> a federal appeals court says a kentucky clerk must issue marriage licenses to gay couples. kim davis claimed handing out the licenses was against her
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religious beliefs. defying a supreme court decision, making same-sex marriage legal nationwide, her attorneys say they are considering an appeal to the supreme court. >> when you play sports, you risk getting injured, but that risk is now increasing for young people. we report on how an intense sports culture is leading to more injuries on the field. >> 17-year-old high school senior has always thrown the ball hard. >> feels good. >> last year pitching in atlanta, he felt something pop. >> i felt a sharp pain on a pitch, and then, you know, i didn't have velocity on it and it was 10 feet in the dirt. i had mri and it showed a partial tear. >> months later, surgery for the torn ligament became necessary to save his baseball career. >> you rested it, rehabbed it and then you got to the point where you needed surgery. >> i couldn't rehab it again,
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because there was probably a lot of scar tissue in there that wouldn't heal or hold up. the only options were either to keep playing baseball at least was to have surgery. >> a u.c.l. is treated with what is known at tommy john surgery. >> you see pro athletes having surgery. it is a symptom of a culture of our sport, and i would say definitely shut your child down for a period of several months, don't let him play all year round. >> stay back, up, down, out, let the legs work. >> researchers say young people are part of an alarming trend. a study found a dramatic increase in tommy john surgeries among teen athletes. >> kids between the ages of 15
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and 19 make up almost 60% of all the tommy john surgeries in the united states. it's not the high level college players or the professional players, but it's really our high school kids who are getting this operation the most. >> with the lead team athletes increasingly playing year round, attending showcases in the off-season instead of resting, there's little or no time for the arm to recover, eventually leading to injury. >> kids who play year round for two teams or more have a much higher incidence of having this injury. we recommend taking off three months per year just like major league pitchers do to let their arms relax and recover from this repetitive phenomenon. >> high school soccer player spent most of her senior year on the sidelines. >> probably the most painful thing i've been to. the defender hit me in the side of the knee with her knee. i heard two pops. >> she tore a primary knee
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stabilizer, the a.c.l. that's an injury her physical therapist says is a greater risk in girls than in boys. >> they are six times more likely to injury themselves than the boys. they have a wider pelvis and that actually causes them to kind of collapse their knee in when they land and cut and so that's a big contributor. >> any problem with the arm? >> not at all, no pain. >> the high school coach said he is seeing injuries become more prevalent in a culture of overusing the best players. >> when you're really hurting a kids future. you need to monitor each guy and make sure if he did throw three innings, he shouldn't throw the next day. surgery, he is back in training and expects to pitch again, but he's pragmatic about not over using his arm and changing his training moving forward. >> i'll be doing more working out to keep my body healthy, keeping the legments strong to minimize the stress. >> the best plan say doctors is
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to take measures to prevent injuries in the first place. al jazeera, chicago. >> congress is close to wrapping up its review of the nuclear deal with iran. with the vote set for next month, we talk about a senator's position and if the democrats will keep the deal alive. >> as the president heads to new orleans today, we look back on the 10 years after hurricane katrina. my conversation with one man who helped hundreds to safety.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:29 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories.
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we are learning more about the man who gunned down two somewhere else during a live interview. he shot himself after killing the reporter and her cameraman. he had been fired from the station where the vicks worked. he left behind a suicide note mentioning racial bias and other mass killings. >> chinese prosecutors arrested nearly a den people in connection with the explosion as a warehouse. they are government and company officials accused of dereliction of duty. the death toll in the explosion is 145 people, 28 are still missing. >> wall street is poised to rally again today after asian markets climbed overnight. the shanghai composite jumped 5%, the biggest one day gain in eight weeks. that followed the dow closing 600 points higher wednesday. >> tehran is calling for the release of 19 iranians held by the j. iranian officials raised the issue during a news conference in tehran, but there was no mention of a potential prisoner swap with the u.s.
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>> one of our concerns is the status of iranian prisoners in america. unfortunately, about 19 of these prisoners are related to sanctions and are in u.s. jails under the pretext of violating american sanctions. some of these persons are still under surveillance. >> there has been speculation that detained washington post reporter jason rezian would be part of a prisoner swap. >> florida's congressional representatives vote could be a bell weather for the state of the iran nuclear deal. alan gray son of florida joins us, good to have you congressman. the vote is on september 17. do you approve or reject the nuclear deal with iran? >> i'm still undecided and frankly conflicted. i don't think that the deal will bring about the peace we were hoping to see between iran and
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its neighbors. it doesn't address terrorism support by iran for militant groups around the area, involvement by iran of the sunni-shia war. >> that wasn't part of the parameters. do you believe it constraints iran on getting nuclear weapons? >> i've been saying we need a broader peace. it does moth ball for a period of time the iranian nuclear program. it doesn't bring about anything resembling peace in the region. that should have been the goal and i've said that for years. >> is it better than nothing, if it does what it says at least for the next 10 years, it is constraining iran's ability to get a nuclear bomb. is it better than nothing? >> well, that exactly is the point. that's why this is such a troubling and difficult decision, because with nothing, then iran can go ahead and get a bomb and that's the most dangerous situation of all. >> what goes into your weighing of situation.
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a group of retired military generals sent a letter to congress. these generals opposed the deal a few weeks ago. they were retired generals that were for the deal. how do you factor in those opinions into your decision? >> what i'm trying to do is get a sense of what would happen if a deal is approved and not approved. there are different opinions. some say if the deal is not approved, iran will honor it anyway. others say it will russia for a bomb. >> part of that, it isn't the u.s. that will negotiate the deal, it was five other word powers. >> that's right. the same thing is true if there is a deal. there will be peace that iran will never have a nuclear weapon, others say iran will cheat and take the money and run and have a nuclear weapon within a couple of years and slow inspectors out, just as north korea did. >> a poll shows either joe biden or hillary clinton running against a gop front runner donald trump would edge him out.
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do you think biden should run? >> that's up to him, but i will say he's been a great liberal leader of this country for many, many years. someone in the white house, a proponent within the president's inner circle. >> who do you want to be the party's nominee? >> i will be happy to work with any of them. >> what do you think of donald trump. >> i think he's boring. >> you think he's boring? >> he's painfully boring. he's a bother. a reporter asked him why did you say that you get a lot of your military information from watching t.v. his answer went on for almost five solid minutes and he never answered the question. >> can you relate to trump? some have called you out for comments that you have made that were controversial, that are fiery. do you relate to trump's outspokenness? >> the man is boring. i mean, my goodness, if i were that way, i would never show my face on t.v.
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he just basically ram bells on and on, never answers the question, never says anything about anything except for himself. >> he has come out with a policy plan for immigration, which includes building a wall that mexico would pay for. what do you think about his impact on the debate on immigration? >> i think it's subliminal racism. i think he's trying to bash the brown people because he thinks that is what wins a vote in the republican primary. >> if he's so boring, why is he topping the polls at 28% right now? >> because he's less boring than others. have you listened to jeb bush lately? there's a real nor fest. >> you are running for marco rubio's senate set, hoping a secure the nomination. >> well, hoping to win. [ laughter ] >> again, there have been comparisons made between some of the outspoken comments that you've made.
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i'll compare the tea party to the ku klux klan. you've compared the republican party to nazis oblique lee. >> either i said it or i didn't. that's not correct. >> if you sort of take a cue from the trump playbook, he appears to be dual well using fiery rhetoric. >> i passed more amendments than any other member of congress. mar gray son bills are now the law of the land. >> you feel you're running -- >> listen, listen, i'm the only member of congress that raised most money for his campaign from small contributors. why don't we talk about that for a change. this is the reason people don't like media. it's not substantive. >> you do have plans for
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legislation rewarding social security and medicare. talk about your proposals. >> i've introduced the fact that for no good reason, medicare excludes care for eyes, ears and teeth. many are blind but would not be if they got a check up during their care. that should be include in care. we have seniors that suffer because these things are arbitrarily excluded. i introduced a bill that got 67 co sponsors, sorry, 76 in 40 hours to address that problem. another bill introduced is a bill to fix the cost of living adjustments for seniors. they haven't had a raise for 40 years. during that time period, the per capita income has gone up, by the way, is this anything donald trump would ever say? >> he has not addressed
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entitlement spending. >> or anything substantive like the cost of living system is broken, and seniors were cheated out of $25 billion, because they are cost of living adjustment is based upon the cost of living for people who work, not retirees. ive drafted a bill to fix that and will fix. another example is double taxation of social security. you pay social security tax when you pain into the system and when you take money out of the system that pays you, you get taxed twice for the same thing. whether you're an independent, democratic or republican, everybody realizes double taxation is wrong. >> why is it so hard to get agreement in congress on entitlement spending and reforms you are addressing. why is it so hard? >> it's not. i passed 31 amendments in the past two years alone with bipartisan support. >> in a financial sense, you feel you are getting things
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done. >> if you move $48 million from the cancer research budget, yeah, you feel you've had a good day. i've done things like that over and over again, 15 gray son bills are now the law of the land. my democratic opponent has no bills through even the house, much less signed by the president. my republican opponent, mr. jolly hasn't passed a single bill through the house. i've been a legislative whirlwind and gotten things done by paying attention, finding opportunities to act bipartisan and actually getting good things done, something the media gives me no credit for, unfortunately. >> thank you for your time this morning. >> thank you. >> vice president joe biden may be joining the race for president. for the first time he is saying publicly that he is considering running. he says he's uncertain has he has the emotional fuel to get through campaign season. biden lost his son to brain cancer in may and said if he
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were to run, i have to be able to commit to all which you that i would be able to give it my whole heart and whole soul and right now, both are pretty well banged up. >> republican presidential candidate donald trump proposes building a huge wall between the u.s. and mexico to keep migrants out. how effective would a wall really be? we have been doing fact checking along the border in dallas and arizona. >> this is the u.s. side of the border fence. you can see it's built of steel and concrete, it's about 20 feet high. it looks like it would be impossible to get over or threw, but people manage to get cross this border one way or another. they climb over, tunnel under. last year when i was filming another series, my crew and i saw two young men climb over this fence and back in no time at all. we assume they were drug
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runners. take a look at it. >> wow. just shot right over. >> donald trump said he'll stop young men like those and anybody else trying to cross this border illegally by replacing this fence with a wall. he then said he'd call it the great wall of trump and then he said well, the name may be a joke, but he is serious about building the wall, so lets take him seriously. is building a wall the entire length of the u.s.-mexico border almost 2,000 miles from the pacific ocean all the way to the gulf of mexico even probable? well, let's take a look at the facts and the fence. >> so we're driving along the border east now, the fence is just strolling by there, mile after mile. anyway, during the 1990s, especially since 9/11, the u.s. spent billions to massively beef up border security and as far as
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stopping illegal crossings or stopping terrorists, it's really not even clear what it's gotten us. along the border are fences in about a third of the border. depending on the terrain and type of fence, it costs anywhere between 200,000 and $15 million per mile so build the fence, so the total bill for that 670 miles, $2.4 billion. trump said his wall would be bigger and more secure than the current fence. safe to say it would cost many times what has already been spent. that $2.4 billion was was to build the fence. it costs more to maintain it. then the money spent on 21,000 border patrol agents, keeping them in the field, like that
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guy. so the reason that border patrol agent is parked up that hill, he is probably there 24/7 this time of year, is because that's a river bed. very heavy thunderstorms, huge volumes of water sums to a place like this. they built the fence with flood gates to let it through and all they have is two strands of barbed wire, so obviously very easy to come over, but impossible to build a wall in a spot like this. >> the border patrol says you don't actually need a solid wall, because there is where the ruggedness and remoteness of the terrain does the job for you. experts say maybe the strongest argument against a wall is that a wall would not address the biggest part of the illegal immigration problem, and that's because the majority of people who make it into the country illegally do it right through ports of entry, hiding in
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vehicles or using forged documents. could trump even build his wall, would it be possible? that certainly isn't clear. would it help solve the problem? probably not. the one thing that we know for sure is that it would cause and extraordinary amount of taxpayer money. paul beban, al jazeera, on the u.s.-mexico border. >> president obama heads to new orleans today to mark 10 years since hurricane katrina hit the gulf coast. he will speak this afternoon from a newly built community center in the lower ninth ward. that was devastated when the levees broke. the evacuation plans fell apart and tens of thousands of people were stranded for days without basic supplies. one was a first gulf war veteran who lived in the american can apartments. when he felt the government failed him and his neighbors, he decided to take charge to save lives. i went to new orleans to hear his story. >> a marine veteran, john keller
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had seen war's devastation. he thought those depravities were behind him. then katrina came. >> i saw 30 people living in a tree. in a tree. >> keller felt abandoned by his own government. >> getting food and water, it's like you're a second class citizen. >> rooftop of the american can apartments. >> he was living at the american can, a sprawling complex which had become an island of stranded residents. keller sprung into action. >> anthony johns turned into mr. soldier. >> some of his stories would be almost unbelievable would it not be fact that his cousin chris was taking pictures the whole time. it started with him keeping order. >> when there wasn't enough food or water, i swam to the grocery store. >> he filled coolers full of supplies. >> i tied the rope around my
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waist. i pretty stroked all the way back toeing those ice chests. >> as he switched into survival mode, this was in the back of his mind. >> the night katrina was hitting, i was on the phone and my mom said i got to go, the roof's being ripped off. then the phone went dead and i looked at chris. i wasn't worried about my mama, i was worried about my grandma. >> was that driving you? >> what made me stay was i said a prayer to god, look, if i take care of these elderly people on the roof, you make sure somebody takes care of my grandmother, because she's on the roof. >> he said his deal with god ended up helping a lot of people, including liz rodriguez. >> i think that he is a hero. i think that he stepped up to the plate when we needed somebody there to take charge.
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>> one of the first things keller did was to signal to rescue crews that residents needed food and water, but the helicopters didn't drop food. keller had his own idea why. >> i said i hope this is not the case, man, get all the black people off the roof and put the white people, i don't care how old they are, i said they look bad, because if this doesn't work, they are going to die in their apartments. >> and it worked. >> it did, quickly. i was like wow. >> it wasn't enough, the elderly were running out of medicine. keller thought some wouldn't make it much longer. he saw speed boats on the roof of a nearby building. >> i said i can go on top of that building and hot wire and get us out of here. i hot wired and hit the motor and it started up. i said we're in business, let's get out of here. >> keller started shuttling people to a sliverer of land where they were airlifted.
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when he ran out of fuel, he syphoned it from a car. >> with a hose, like, yeah, it was nasty. >> he helped evacuate 244 people, including a very grateful liz rodriguez. >> the gentleman told me hold on really tight to your baby and we were lifted up into the helicopter. >> john and chris were among the last to leave the american can. >> how is your grandmother? >> i see her every day. >> what did you say to her when you saw her? >> i said mama, you all right? yeah, i'm all right. [ laughter ] >> necklaces are thrown into the air to the crowds. >> after he was evacuated. he lived briefly in san antonio, where he met melissa, the future mother of his son, miles. >> you get things you accumulate over time and knowledge and skills, and one day you, i guess
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god might want you to put that to the test and either you accept it or you don't. if i wouldn't have done that, i would have -- i wouldn't be being blessed right now. >> he was back to new orleans and his story turned into a hollywood movie. john keller is still writing the ending. >> not everyone was as lucky as the residents of the american can. it's still not clear exactly how many people died, but it was upwards of 1800 people, many of them elderly. >> up next, an unprecedented anniversary for a very famous book. >> i'm in central london, the anniversary edition of the records book, which itself is breaking records.
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>> top architect david adjaye. >> for architecture to be
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>> a woman died and away police officer was shot and killed at the scene. the shooter was caught at a supermarket. >> >> flight attendants working for qatar airways no longer have to worry about being fired because of a major life event. the airline laid off cabin crew if they married or became pregnant in the first five years on the job. the airways said that policy has been phased out. >> california is in the midst of its worst drought on record, but that is not affecting farmers.
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farming revenue and the number of farm related jobs has increased since the drought began. the reason, farmers have shifted to growing high value crops like almonds or wine grapes. farmers are now over pumping ground water. >> hundreds of endangered salmon are in hot water, dying at an alarming rate as the rivers they live in warm up. we have our environmental impact report. >> this is the idaho washington border where the snake river and clearwater river meet. this is the scene of one of the most incredible biological accomplishments in nature, salmon travel 900 miles up these rivers to spawn. in doing so, they make a transition from being a salt water fish to pretty sure water fish, born in fresh water and go back to the salt water. they literally transform as a species over the course of their lives. it's hard enough to pull that off, but now climate change is
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making it worse. you probably noticed the hazy quality of the air. already, climate change is wreaking havoc on the american west. there is drought leading to wildfires, and there's one just a few miles from here just filling the air with the smell of smoke. that climate change is also changing the water. the water temperature is very important to a fish like the salmon. it's a cold water fish and as a result requires more oxygen. warm water holds less oxygen and begins to choke off the salmon supply approximate once it gets up to 22 celsius, the salmon begin to die. some summer, this has been some of the warmest water anyone who ever seen. >> you can watch the full report tonight. >> one of the world's most famous beaches is open again. waikiki beach was closed after a sewage leak.
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water quality test show lower bacteria levels. it is safe again for swimmers. >> nasa scientists say sea levels are rising faster than 50 years ago, the worlds ocean rising three-inches on offering since 1992 because of warmer ocean water, ice loss and the melting glaciers. >> the guinness world records has documented feats by many people who have done strange things included. today is marking a milestone itself. >> it was in the early 1950's with a shooting party in ireland and guinness arguing over the fastest. a reference book resolved the dispute. here is that first edition from 1955. in the 60 years since, at this office here in central london,
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guinness has become the definitive book of the fastest apartment first, the best and the biggest. >> there are some surprising nuggets employeement everest is known as the world's highest mountain, but the tallest is on hawaii. it's the human records of endurance, strength and sometimes sheer eccentricity which makes the book different. >> we've always covered the widest possible spectrums. the first first book, you find pipe smoking marathons and rocking chair marathons as well as the tallest man, heaviest people, highest mountains. every year, we monitor it. we're becoming more and more open to people's ideas. >> in an age where book sales have fallen, guinness world
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records that sold 134 million copies in 21 languages. it holds the record of being the book which is most often stolen from libraries in the united states. thousands apply to be included, but few globally recognized. >> everywhere i've been, they're impressed with what i've done, but that i then was in the book justed ad so much, and for my agent, where he tries to sell me, jan is a guinness record holder. >> no one has grown taller than the man who grew 2.7 meters
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tall. >> that's it for us here in new york. thanks for watching, have a great morning.
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>> this is al jazeera. >> hello, welcome to another news hour from doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, 50 refugees were found dead in a truck in austria. european and balkan leaders meet in vienna to discuss dealing with the refugee crisis. >> i'm jonah hull on lesbos island. the beaches are covered in life jackets and the remains of rubber boats. >> police in china arrest 12 pe